This October the Toronto After Dark Film Festival will have a new venue partner. This year's edition of the genre film festival will take place at the Scotiabank Theatre deeper into the cold, cold heart or our fair city. Yep,... More »
Has it really been eight years? Wow. It feels like it was not too long ago Todd and I were sitting down in a local pub with festival director Adam Lopez as he described his dream of bringing a full-on... More »
After several days of mostly second-tier genre film fun, the Toronto After Dark film festival has wrapped for another year.This was my first year dipping my toes into the fest, and for me what was most nice was having another... More »
It took a moment to tally things up but the numbers have been checked and double checked and the Toronto After Dark Festival announced their award winners yesterday. Topping the Audience Award voting was Daniel Stamm's The Last Exorcism followed... More »
[With the film releasing tomorrow now's the time to revisit my review of The Last Exorcism.]Do not hold the marketing campaign for Daniel Stamm's The Last Exorcism against it. It is not Stamm's fault that marketers opted to sell the... More »
"Beauty is the beginning of terror." From that line of poetry/exposition, there is a bit of a promise (and a warning) of things to come in Philip Ridley's dark fairy tale, Heartless. Starting out as a grim London East Side... More »
While introducing a kids matinee performance of The Wizard of Oz (with Dad both the theatre-owner-producer and Mom the Wicked Witch of the West), young Deborah catches a bit of performance anxiety resulting in an embarassing wetness on her Dorothy... More »
[The first film playing on a UK double-bill at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival tonite, I suppose it is time to revisit my review. Note there are other takes on the film below in the links.]Michael Fassbender is Centurion... More »
Eight years. 2 million dollars. Swiss.Make it your mantra when watching Cargo. Cause in the time that it took the filmmakers to put together this nifty offering to the Sci-Fi genre other higher profile films have been made, screened and lauded... More »
[The first 4Bia anthology set was a surprise and a delight at Toronto After Dark several years ago, and they kindly bring the second (and even better) collection of Twilight Zone-y goodness to this years festival. Be sure to attend,... More »
The Toronto After Dark Festival turned five this year and to celebrate some favored film makers from years past have created a trio of new 'bumpers' for the festival this year. Opening night saw the first appearance of this bumpers,... More »
[Because Toronto's week of genre and cult mayhem, The Toronto After Dark Film Festival (TADFF) is kicking off today, we are re-running Todd's Slamdance review of The Last Lovecraft: Call of Cthulu. Where the Park City sub-festival was also the... More »
With the festival just over two weeks away, the 2010 edition of Toronto After Dark has just announced its horror-heavy lineup of titles. And though I'm no longer involved in the festival I've got to say it's a good one.What... More »
These last couple of years there's been a constant stream of British quality horror films. Just to name a few, think of The Children, Mum and Dad, Eden Lake and The Broken. The Reeds is the latest to join that... More »
[This review originally appeared when the film screened at Toronto After Dark and reappears now with itès arrival at Fantastic Fest.] Ah, children. They're sweetness and light and all the good things about life. Too bad they can also... More »
[I'm going to bring this review back up from Toronto After Dark because despite any misgivings I may have had about the film I have one thing to say. The Spirit of Halloween is dying in my opinion. Each year... More »
[This review originally ran with the film's appearance at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and reappears now with the screening at Fantastic Fest.] Soldier Bart Gregory is killed while fighting in the Middle East. He is given a military... More »
So is Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans a remake, a sequel, or what? Parse it any way you like (and I shall attempt this) but it is a dynamite piece of satire and perhaps something more. Werner... More »
[Over the course of the 2009 edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, I had the pleasure of chatting with Faye Jackson, director of the offbeat vampire folklore allegory, Strigoi. Celebrating her seventh wedding anniversary with her husband and... More »
The nickname for the island nation of Aruba is "One Happy Island". So one would think that that the folks behind the 2015 Aruba International Film Festival would want to follow suite and create what'd be considered One Happy Film Festival. And how does one go about making film festival...
It was 3 years ago when I first met Miguel Gomes in a cramped office of New York's Film Forum. His third feature Tabu was a big international success and I was just discovering his fantastic films. But it was the state of Portugal under stringent austerity measure that dominated...
This week Ridley Scott's The Martian lands in cinemas, and for a change in his resumeé it shows smart people surviving in space, instead of dumb people dying. Jason Gorber praised the film in his review for being both sophisticated and entertaining, no mean feat. And it It has Matt...
Director Can Evrenol won Best New Director here at Fantastic Fest 2015 last night. It's an honor well deserved. With his debut feature Baskin he's juggling potential tonal problems that could give any filmmaker serious headaches. What emerges, from his steady guidance, is a masterpiece of Lovecraftian dread that plays...
Spoiler warning for Sicario. I admire a genre movie that extracts its generic components so completely that one nearly forgets what one is watching until it sneaks back around and kicks us in the ass. One such film is Sicario, Denis Villeneuve's revenge thriller, which the director slow-plays like a...